If the name Joan Miró doesn’t ring a bell, I’m sure his work will look familiar. The Catalan artist, a contemporary of Picasso, inspired a generation of artists with his whimsical interpretation of the world through simple shapes and colors. The graphic vocabulary of his paintings, tapestries and sculptures also became a visual identity for Catalonia, where his artwork can be seen in public parks as well as museums.
Over time I’ve come to appreciate Miró’s genius much more than I did when I was a kid growing up in Barcelona (Red and blue and yellow stars? I can paint that! I thought.) I was quite excited when I found out about the exhibit that opens Thursday at the Seattle Art Museum.